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  • Brexit campaign leadership dominated by climate skeptics

    05/23/2016 10:17:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    EurActiv ^ | May 24, 2016 | James Crisp
    Leading figures in the Vote Leave referendum campaign to take Britain out of the EU have links to a controversial climate-skeptic think tank and question the science behind global warming. The group’s three leaders, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and figurehead Lord Nigel Lawson, have cast doubt over man-made climate change, which is backed by most of the world’s credible experts.Lawson founded the Global Warming Policy Foundation in 2009 and is a noted climate skeptic. Both the foundation, which broke UK Charity Commission rules for anti-climate bias, and Vote Leave share rich donors. Gove — who tried to stop climate change...
  • Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

    05/23/2016 10:09:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | May 23, 2016
    Romanian campaigners said Monday they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state. Several groups linked to the Orthodox Church and united under the umbrella Coalition for Family are seeking a constitutional amendment to narrowly define marriage as the “union between a man and a woman”. It is the second such move in Europe this month after a group of mostly right-wing Italian politicians said they will push for a referendum to overturn the introduction of gay civil unions in their country. […] Homosexuality in Romania was illegal until 2000, when...
  • AfD meet with Muslim leaders breaks down in acrimony [Germany]

    05/23/2016 6:28:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 May 2016 14:32 GMT+02:00 | [DPA/The Local]
    A meeting between far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Muslim leaders ended bitterly on Monday after just an hour of talks. It was meant to be a chance for the heads of Germany’s rising far-right party to meet face-to-face with leaders of the Muslim community for clear-the-air talks. […] AfD leader Frauke Petry “wants to go further along the path of populism, defamation and above all prejudice,” Aiman Mazyek, president of the Central Council of Muslims, said after the meeting in Berlin. For her part, Petry claimed Mazyek and his colleagues were calling for her to override the democratic...
  • German investigative police report increase in violent Islamists

    05/22/2016 12:55:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 22.05.2016 | [ss/rc (dpa, AFP, KNA)]
    Germany’s investigative police agency reported that the number of dangerous Islamists in Germany has sharply risen over the past year. In a report published in the Sunday edition of the German daily newspaper “Die Welt”, the German Criminal Police Office (BKA) said it had tracked 497 instances of “threats” or individuals with extremist views who could be suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks. The agency added that an additional 339 Islamists were also being tracked as “relevant persons,“ or individuals who may assist and sympathize with terrorist causes. […] Austria’s domestic intelligence agency also reported several days earlier that the...
  • Britain has become 'semi-pacifist' under Cameron, says retired general as he warns of war…[tr]

    05/21/2016 3:42:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 18 May 2016 • 12:01AM | Tom Whitehead
    David Cameron has made Britain a “semi-pacifist” nation more interested in protecting “welfare and benefits” than adequate defenses, one of the country’s most senior retired generals has warned. General Sir Richard Shirreff, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, said the UK had “shrunk in to itself” and carries an “increasingly impotent stick”. He said the country now risked losing its post-Falklands global reputation for military might. …
  • Conflict analyst: EU would have ‘second most powerful military on Earth’

    05/21/2016 10:44:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    EurActiv ^ | May 20, 2016 | Catalina Guerrero, euroefe.es | Translated by Samuel Morgan
    The EU would have “the second most powerful military” in the world if its members pooled its resources, insisted the co-director of the Institute of Studies on Conflict and Humanitarian Action in an interview with EurActiv Spain. “If we added the capabilities we have in the EU together, we would automatically become the second most powerful military force on Earth and the reason we aren’t is because there is no political will. This is because each national government would rather be the head of a mouse rather than the tail of a lion,” said Jesús Núñez, a conflict analyst. …
  • Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam refuses to answer questions

    05/20/2016 8:20:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 9:39 AM EDT | Philppe Sotto
    The last known survivor of the team that carried out last November’s Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, refused to talk during questioning Friday by anti-terror judges amid frustration at 24-hour video surveillance of his cell, his lawyer said. The much-awaited questioning session ended abruptly, dashing French authorities’ hopes that Abdeslam would provide clues about the Islamic State group’s strategies and what exactly happened Nov. 13.Abdeslam’s lawyer, Frank Berton, said his client invoked his right to silence. […] Abdeslam, 26, had said last month he wanted to explain his path to radicalization and his role in the Nov. 13 attacks. Berton expressed...
  • Germany sets out major cash incentive for electric car buyers

    05/19/2016 7:27:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 18.05.2016 | Ben Knight
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed Wednesday to set aside some €600 million ($675 million) of taxpayers’ money to encourage people to buy electric cars — via an “environmental bonus.” The costs of the scheme will be shared with the auto industry, which is also putting up €600 million. New car-buyers stand to get a €4,000 ($4,500) subsidy if they buy a purely electric car, and €3,000 if they opt for a hybrid car, which combines a battery and a small combustion engine. Not only that, electric cars will be exempt from motor vehicle taxes for 10 years. Economy Minister Sigmar...
  • Erdogan's passion for building mosques in Europe

    05/16/2016 6:40:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:46 PM | Giulio Meotti
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a great passion for mosques. Since he took power in Turkey, Mr. Erdogan has built 17,000 Islamic prayer sites. The largest in the world stands on the Camlica Hill, dominating the Asian side of Istanbul, where the East, in the words of Cocteau, extends to Europe “its old bejeweled hand”. The Turkish president is committed to the construction of mosques in European capitals as well. Erdogan seeks to create the image of an Islamic civilization on the rise once again with the Turks acting as the vanguard of this revival. Ten mosques have been financed by...
  • Ex-London Mayor Boris Johnson compares the EU to Hitler

    05/15/2016 4:53:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2016 7:39 AM EDT | Danica Kirka
    Ex-London Mayor Boris Johnson has compared the European Union’s aims to those of Adolf Hitler, arguing that the 28-nation bloc is creating a superstate that mirrors the attempt of the Nazi leader to dominate the European continent. Johnson, the most prominent political figure arguing that Britain should leave the EU, says the past 2,000 years of European history have been dominated by doomed attempts to unify the continent and recreate the Romans’ golden age. “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods,” he was quoted by...
  • Why Europe-wide anti-Semitism is driving my vote for Brexit

    05/14/2016 10:06:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10 May 2016 • 11:50AM | Angela Epstein
    In recent months I’ve had cause to interview several Holocaust survivors. And though each story — can we call them stories, it sounds so banal? — is different, the themes remain unilaterally unsettling: fear, heart-breaking, wrenching separation from a loving mother or desperate father, arbitrary brutality, unimaginable savagery. But the harrowing testimony of these now elderly men and women also offers an enduring postscript, as each survivor exhorts those who listen to never forget man’s inhumanity to man. For Jews like me, well, how can we forget? […] To remain in Europe is to transfer sovereignty from Westminster for Brussels....
  • If Britain Leaves The EU, What Happens To The 'Polish Plumber?'

    05/14/2016 3:31:29 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | May 14, 2016 | Lauren Frayer
    Hundreds of thousands of people whose personal fates could hinge on whether Britain leaves the European Union won't even have a vote in next month's referendum: Polish migrants. Among other EU citizens, up to a million Poles live and work in Britain. They're allowed to do so, because of free movement of workers in the EU. At a typical construction site in a leafy suburb of London, a brick row house is under renovation. There's a radio on for the builders, and it's all in Polish — Polish Radio London, a digital radio station that launched in 2006, two years...
  • Germany's domestic intelligence chief accuses Russia of cyber warfare

    05/13/2016 10:41:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.13.2016 | [bik/kms (Reuters, AFP)]
    Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has accused Russia of engaging in ongoing cyber warfare. The aim, he said, is both to steal information and carry out sabotage against its enemies — both real and imagined. On Friday Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said that in the past year or so Russia had launched attacks against the German parliament, NATO members and French TV. […] Germany’s lower house of parliament was attacked last year by a phishing tool named Sofacy, which is used by a Russian-based group called Pawn Storm. The hackers apparently wanted to steal personal...
  • Berlin: Brexit could trigger new Northern Irish conflict

    05/13/2016 9:48:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 May 2016 09:00 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    A vote by Britain to quit the European Union might reignite conflict in Northern Ireland because it would re-erect a border through the country, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday. […] The minister said that an Irish representative had once told him that the conflict in Northern Ireland was currently quiet “because there are no borders in Ireland.” But if the United Kingdom were to quit the EU, “there will be a border again between Ireland and Northern Ireland. And that could at least have the potential of rekindling a conflict that has seemingly calmed down,” he said....
  • [Nissan CEO] Ghosn certain $2.2 billion deal for Mitsubishi is a bargain

    05/13/2016 7:11:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 3:46 AM EDT | Yuri Kageyama
    Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn is confident a 237 billion yen ($2.2 billion) investment in a controlling stake in scandal-embroiled Mitsubishi Motors will prove a bargain when sheer size is critical in the auto industry. Japanese transport ministry officials raided Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s Tokyo headquarters Friday, as part of an investigation into inflated fuel-economy data for several models. […] Mitsubishi’s shares fell 43 percent between April 19 — the day before it announced the fuel economy scandal — and May 11. The stock cost 565 yen ($5.20) Friday, down 1.7 percent following a surge on the deal's news. Gaining Mitsubishi...
  • Obama hosts summit of Nordic leaders at White House

    05/13/2016 7:04:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 9:58 AM EDT | Kathleen Hennessey
    … Obama welcomed the leaders of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark to the White House on Friday morning. At a simple indoor ceremony, Obama says the countries are a “model of cooperation” and “punch above their weight” particularly on humanitarian and environmental efforts. …
  • Germany: No new EU deal for Britain if it leaves the bloc

    05/12/2016 7:41:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 12, 2016 10:37 AM EDT
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Thursday that Britain will not get an improved membership deal with the European Union if the country votes to leave the bloc. Schäuble said in a speech he wanted to end any speculation that a “leave” vote in the June 23 referendum could be used to improve on a deal won by Prime Minister David Cameron to change Britain’s membership terms. Schäuble said that “this is the only deal on the table. An ‘out’ vote cannot be used to get a better deal. ‘In’ means ‘in’ and ‘out’ means ‘out.’” …
  • US says banks won't be punished for lawful business in Iran

    05/12/2016 6:57:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 12, 2016 5:06 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried Thursday to reassure European banks they won’t be penalized for conducting or facilitating business with Iran, as he worked to address Tehran’s grievance that businesses are still staying away despite the nascent nuclear deal. At an unusual meeting in London, the top U.S. diplomat joined Britain’s top commerce official to challenge what Kerry called “misinterpretations or mere rumors” about U.S. sanctions on Iran, the most sweeping of which were lifted in exchange for Iran rolling back its nuclear program. The list of banks whose leaders attended was a Who’s Who of powerful financial...
  • Greens/EFA: Blacklist USA as ‘world’s largest tax haven’ [European Union]

    05/11/2016 9:28:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | May 11, 2016 | Nicole Sagener | Translated By Samuel Morgan
    It isn’t just tropical nations like Panama that act as safe havens for tax avoiders; the US stands accused of the same thing according to a new study by the European Parliament’s Green faction. EurActiv Germany reports.The release of the Panama Papers has been like opening Pandora’s Box: more and more countries around the world are seemingly ready to follow global rules on data exchange in order to curb tax fraud. But it’s not just the well-known tax havens like the Seychelles, the Virgin Islands, Panama and Liechtenstein that are being asked to up their efforts against tax loopholes, according...
  • Germany 'scared' to take lead on gay rights: report [from 'Rainbow Europe']

    05/10/2016 1:14:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 May 2016 15:28 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    A new report shows how Germany continues to fall behind its counterparts on gay rights, which may be due to its “lack of strong leadership”. Germany was ranked below 15 other countries in Europe for LGBTI rights, placing it on par with countries like Greece and Hungary in a new Rainbow Europe report. Advocacy group ILGA-Europe ranked 49 countries in the annual report, based on their laws pertaining to same-sex marriage, adoption, rights for transgender people, protections against discrimination and more. Germany, for example, allows same-sex partnerships but does not recognize same-sex marriage and gay couples have limited rights when...
  • Two-thirds of Germans want Merkel out at next election

    05/10/2016 10:28:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 May 2016 17:28 GMT+02:00
    A poll published on Tuesday shows that just under two-thirds of Germans do not want Chancellor Angela Merkel to run for office again in elections next year. The poll conducted by INSA for Cicero magazine asked people if they thought Merkel should run for a fourth term and 64 percent responded that she should not. Other polling figures show that if an election were held now, Germany’s two main political parties would barely scrape together 50 percent of the vote between them. …
  • London Buses To Feature ‘Praise Allah’ Ads

    05/10/2016 9:26:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    MRC TV ^ | May 9, 2016 10:33am ET | Dan Joseph
    Following the swearing in of London’s first Muslim mayor, many of the city’s buses will sport advertisements that read “Subhan Allah,” which translates to “Glory be to God.” The paid advertisements are part of a push by England’s largest Islamic charity group, “Islamic Relief,” to help victims of the Syrian war. The ads will run throughout the Muslim holy week of Ramadan. …
  • German middle class ‘shrinking as rapidly as USA’s’

    05/09/2016 4:26:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 May 2016 12:09 GMT+02:00
    The middle classes in Germany and the USA are both in sharp decline, while top earners on both sides of the pond reap the rewards, a study by the German Institute for Economic Research shows. The number of Germans counted as belonging to the middle classes sank by six percent between 1991 and 2013, the study released on Friday found. The trend in the Federal Republic closely matches a similar drop seen in the USA over the same period. While in Germany people from all migrant backgrounds were most likely to have fallen out of this income group, in the...
  • Sadiq Khan: There are too many white men on Transport for London

    London's transport authority is far too dominated by white men, Labour's mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan said today. There are currently 13 white men on the Transport for London board and just three women. Khan said he would ensure the board better reflected the "diversity" of Londoners if he becomes mayor. "I will reshape TfL's board," he said during a speech in Brixton this morning. "It needs to better reflect London's diversity in the interest of Londoners."
  • German defense minister wants to remove Bundeswehr personnel limit: report

    05/09/2016 3:18:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05/07/2016 | Timothy Jones
    According to Saturday’s report by German news outlet RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland, von der Leyen wants to abolish the Bundeswehr’s current upper personnel limit of 170,000 short-service and professional soldiers plus 15,000 volunteers. The report said she is planning to increase the number of positions in the German army by 7,000 on the principle of a “breathing personnel structure” that would allow more flexibility in the face of new threats and deployments. Her new concept also envisages an increase in the number of professional soldiers in comparison with those who serve with the Bundeswehr on a short-term basis, according to the report....
  • UK's Cameron says leaving EU would increase risk of war

    05/09/2016 2:50:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2016 5:27 AM EDT
    Raising the stakes in Britain’s European Union membership debate, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that leaving the bloc would increase the risk of war in Europe. Cameron’s speech on national security came as campaigning ahead of a June 23 vote on the country’s EU membership moved into its final weeks. Cameron said it would be rash to assume that “peace and stability on our continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt.” He said the EU “has helped reconcile countries which were at each other's throats for decades.” …
  • Bosnia's Muslims reopen mosque Serbs blew up during the war

    05/07/2016 8:04:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2016 9:26 AM EDT | Radul Radovanovic
    Over 10,000 people turned out Saturday for the reopening of a mosque in Bosnia that was blown up by Christian Orthodox Serbs during the 1992-1995 war and that became a symbol of the effort to destroy Bosnia’s centuries-long multireligious fabric. The Ferhat Pasha mosque — also called Ferhadija — was a masterpiece of 16th-century Ottoman architecture and one of the 16 mosques in Banja Luka — or one of the 534 throughout the country — that were destroyed or damaged by Bosnian Serbs in order to erase any traces of those they were expelling or killing. Their aim was to...
  • UK councils face court challenge over Israel boycotts

    05/04/2016 4:32:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2016 7:25 AM EDT
    A Jewish group has launched a lawsuit against British local authorities that called for boycotts of goods from Israeli settlements, claiming the actions are anti-Semitic. Jewish Human Rights Watch is asking the High Court to rule against three councils: Leicester in England and Swansea and Gwynedd in Wales. It claims the authorities have failed to consider “the impact of their actions on the Jewish community.” …
  • EU moves on granting visa-free travel to Turkish citizens

    05/04/2016 4:17:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2016 7:13 AM EDT | Lorne Cook
    The European Union’s executive Commission is recommending that Turkish citizens be allowed to travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips. […] The move is part of a package of incentives offered to Turkey — including up to €6 billion ($6.8 billion) in aid for Syrian refugees and fast-track EU membership talks — to persuade Ankara to stop migrants heading to Europe and take thousands back from Greece. …
  • REACH ‘monster’ will devour EU innovation, chemical industry warns

    05/04/2016 3:47:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Apr 29, 2016 (updated: May 2, 2016) | Frédéric Simon
    Chemical industry lobbyists have stepped up their criticism of Europe’s REACH chemical safety regulation, branding the law “a monster” that “will devour” the industry’s ability to innovate. Policymakers should set “tangible” regulatory burden reduction targets to unleash the innovation potential of Europe’s chemical companies, industry body CEFIC said in a statement released today (29 April). […] In the industry’s firing line is the REACH regulation, which requires manufacturers to register thousands of chemicals currently on the market and submit them for safety screening and subsequent authorization. […] (CEFIC Vice President Tony) Bastock complained in particular that chemical companies were now...
  • Foreign Policy Shift: Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in Berlin

    05/03/2016 6:33:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 29, 2016 – 06:38 PM | Ralf Neukirch and Christoph Schult
    Top Berlin officials are becoming less inclined to unconditionally support Israel. With the two-state solution increasingly unlikely, there is concern that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is “instrumentalizing” Germany’s friendship. […] “The perception has been growing in the German government that Netanyahu is instrumentalizing our friendship,” says Rolf Mützenich, deputy floor leader for the Social Democrats (SPD) in parliament. The SPD is Merkel’s junior coalition partner and Foreign Minister Steinmeier is a leading member of the party. Mützenich says it would be a welcome change if the Foreign Ministry and the Chancellery were to rethink the relationship with Israel. “Israel’s current...
  • Germany's first ISIS war crimes trial starts in Frankfurt

    05/03/2016 9:57:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 May 2016 17:44 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A German jihadist suspect went on trial Tuesday for war crimes in Syria after allegedly posing for photographs holding the severed heads of two victims of the conflict. […] The photographs in which (Aria) Ladjedvardi appears were taken in the spring of 2014 and posted on Facebook. Federal prosecutors believe he and two fellow fighters took the pictures to belittle their victims, whom they considered infidels or non-believers. They also believe that Ladjedvardi, a German of Iranian origin, traveled to Syria in early 2014 to join one of the jihadist groups engaged in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime....
  • German President Gauck urges EU to maintain open borders

    05/03/2016 3:31:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05/02/2016 | Kate Brady
    Greenpeace charged on Monday that a massive US-EU trade deal would place corporate interests above the environment and consumer safety, as it released classified documents from the negotiations. […] Greenpeace said the papers show, for example, that the US wants to be able to scrap existing EU rules in areas such as food labeling or approval of dangerous chemicals if it they spell barriers to free trade. “TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business,” the group argued, having also projected an image of a classified text passage onto the façade of Berlin’s parliament building....
  • Greenpeace: Leaked TTIP papers show 'threat' to EU

    05/03/2016 3:31:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 May 2016 13:27 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Greenpeace charged on Monday that a massive US-EU trade deal would place corporate interests above the environment and consumer safety, as it released classified documents from the negotiations. […] Greenpeace said the papers show, for example, that the US wants to be able to scrap existing EU rules in areas such as food labeling or approval of dangerous chemicals if it they spell barriers to free trade. “TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business,” the group argued, having also projected an image of a classified text passage onto the façade of Berlin’s parliament building....
  • Germany to subsidize electric cars to help own auto industry

    04/27/2016 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 27, 2016 5:40 AM EDT
    Germany plans to subsidize electric cars in a bid to help the country’s auto industry compete in the global market for the growingly-popular and environmentally friendly vehicles. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble says starting May buyers will get €4,000 ($4,514.80) to buy an all-electric vehicle. Plug-in hybrids will receive a subsidy of up to €3,000. The cost will be shared equally by the government and industry. …
  • 'Keep Germany at heart of united Europe': Obama

    04/25/2016 9:42:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Apr 2016 13:22 GMT+02:00 | Tom Barfield
    Germany and its European allies must not give up on the values that have brought the continent unparalleled peace and prosperity, US President Barack Obama said on Monday. On what is expected to be his last visit to Germany as President, Obama told an audience in Hanover that Europeans ought not to allow the different crises facing the world to scare them away from their values. […] Obama ticked off a checklist of successes to highlight the strength of US-EU cooperation — from the historic achievements of bringing a peaceful end to the Cold War, to overcoming the financial crisis,...
  • PETER HITCHENS: America isn't our special friend. It ruined our Navy, Empire and future

    04/24/2016 6:22:49 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 169 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 4/24/2016 | Peter Hitchens
    Now will we grasp that the United States is not our friend, but a foreign country whose interests are often different from ours? President Obama's blatant intervention in our internal affairs is not a sudden breach of a soppy 'special relationship'. The USA's only real special relationship is with Saudi Arabia, a 70-year old hard pact of oil, money and power, welded together with such cynicism it out to make up gasp. Barack Obama's open desire for us to stay inside the EU is by no means the first or worst example of White House meddling here in these islands....
  • Norway Minister Ridiculed After Floating in Mediterranean to See What it's Like to be a Refugee

    04/23/2016 6:34:34 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 45 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4-22-2016 | Chiara Palazzo
    Norway's minister of migration and integration has sparked outrage after floating in the Mediterranean Sea in an orange survival suit to experience being rescued from a refugee's "perspective." Sylvi Listhaug, a Progress Party member known for her hard-line stance on immigration, travelled to the Greek island of Lesbos to familiarise herself with the rescue work carried out by Norwegian vessel Peter Henry von Koss.
  • Obama's amazing THREAT to Britain: UK would be at the 'back of the queue' after Brexit

    04/23/2016 3:23:36 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 60 replies
    Express ^ | Sat, Apr 23, 2016 | Alison Little
    The US President warned the UK would be “at the back of the queue” for a trade deal with America if it quit Brussels. But his threat provoked outrage and scorn from pro-Brexit campaigners, who dismissed it as yet another scaremongering ploy from the pro-EU lobby. Mr Obama, who will no longer be in office when decisions on a trade deal are made, delivered a lecture to the British people on why he thinks it is in the UK’s, America’s and the world’s best interests for Britain to vote to stay in the EU on June 23. He weighed into...
  • Anger as London mayor tells 'part-Kenyan' Obama to butt out

    04/22/2016 8:09:58 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 39 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 4/22/16 | JILL LAWLESS
    LONDON (AP) — London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leader of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, was facing strong criticism Friday for suggesting U.S. President Barack Obama may have an "ancestral dislike of the British Empire" because of his Kenyan roots. On a visit to the U.K., Obama weighed in to Britain's debate about European Union membership, urging voters to back staying in the 28-nation bloc. The president wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper that the EU "enhances Britain's global leadership." His intervention angered campaigners for a "leave" vote in the June 23 referendum, who accused the...
  • UK alerts LGBT travelers to North Carolina, Mississippi laws

    04/20/2016 3:18:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 5:38 PM EDT
    The British government is advising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens to pay special attention when traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi. […] The British advisory says new laws in North Carolina and Mississippi may affect LGBT travelers and directs those seeking more detail to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. The advisory adds that attitudes toward LGBT people differ widely across the United States. …
  • Germany to consider stripping IS fighters of citizenship: document

    04/20/2016 2:29:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:06pm EDT | (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Andrew Roche)
    Germany’s ruling coalition plans to look into stripping Islamic State fighters of their German citizenship to prevent them from coming back to the country, a draft document seen by Reuters on Wednesday shows. More than 800 people have traveled from Germany to Syria and northern Iraq in recent years and around 70 returnees took part in combat or military training there, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said earlier this month. […] The coalition is also considering depriving German supporters of Islamic State of identity cards and passports to prevent them from traveling to areas controlled by Islamic State,...
  • REPORT: Germany ‘Annexing’ Dutch Military As Secretive EU Army Begins To Take Shape

    04/20/2016 9:44:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 20, 2016 | Donna Rachel Edmunds and Raheem Kassam
    The German and Dutch armies and navies are poised to “merge”, creating the nucleus of the European Union’s longed for pan-EU military force. Pointing to German ministerial statements spelling out the creation of an EU Army as the ultimate goal, critics say Britain’s military will not be able to avoid being sucked in if the country remains within the Union. The German government has revealed that Dutch and German land armies and navies are set to move towards “closer integration”, with two Dutch units already coming under German command. Last month the Dutch 43rd Mechanised Brigade was subsumed into the...
  • Germany slips four places in press freedom rankings

    04/20/2016 9:48:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Apr 2016 10:04 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    Germany fell by four places in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index, released on Wednesday, after more and more journalists came under attack at right-wing demonstrations in 2015. The Bundesrepublik, nevertheless, came in at a respectable 16th place, placing behind other northern European countries, such as Finland which topped the list once again, but scoring markedly better than the USA (41) and France (45). In the report the reasons given for Germany’s slip down the ranking were threats against journalists from the general public rather than greater restrictions imposed by the state. “Violence and hostility all the way up...
  • NATO-Russia Council meeting for 1st time since 2014

    04/20/2016 1:52:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 4:35 AM EDT
    The NATO-Russia Council is meeting for the first time in nearly two years, with the U.S.-led alliance planning to object to what it deems provocative and dangerous actions by Moscow’s military. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday’s meeting at alliance headquarters is being held to exchange views on Ukraine and other issues, but also to discuss improving “mechanisms of risk-reduction related to military activities.” …
  • Number of people needing state help in Germany at record high

    04/19/2016 6:34:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 19.04.2016 | 19.04.2016
    On Tuesday, Germany’s Federal Statistics Office released figures showing that 1.038 million people were receiving basic security benefits at the end of last year — the highest number since the benefits were introduced in 2003 and 3.5 percent more than in 2014. Anyone over the age of 18 who is unable to work more than three hours a day under normal working conditions, and those whose age pensions are inadequate to live on, are eligible for the benefits. The statistics office reported that more than half of the recipients — about 536,000 people — are senior citizens, while around 502,000...
  • EU Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers (i.e. chauffeurs)

    04/19/2016 6:24:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 18, 2016 – 11:07 AM | Peter Müller
    The administrative authority of the European Parliament has expressed security concerns after the discovery of CDs containing Islamic State (IS) propaganda in the possession of two chauffeurs with its external driving service. Several sources with knowledge of the situation told Spiegel that one of the discoveries had been made in Strasbourg, where the parliament holds its plenary sessions, and the other in Brussels, where most of its work is conducted. Both employees of the private chauffeur service were fired and police are investigating. After obtaining information that other chauffeurs in the service had criminal records, the European Parliament Presidium made...
  • Horror as Turkish is made an 'official EU language' before ANY voters support membership

    04/17/2016 3:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Sunday Express (UK) ^ | 12:57, Sun, Apr 17, 2016 | Marco Giannangeli
    Not a single voter from the EU’s 28 member states — which have a total population of 508 million — has yet to vote in favor of Turkish membership. But MEPs voted 375–133 to back the initiative by President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, who asked the Dutch EU Presidency to add Turkish to the bloc’s 24 official languages in order to boost attempts to reach a reunification agreement on the Mediterranean island. The move, expected to add £25m to the EU’s annual budget, has infuriated critics who last night said it was further proof that Turkey’s accession to the EU...
  • Iran calls for US to ease banking restrictions

    04/16/2016 11:34:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2016 8:39 AM EDT
    Iran’s foreign minister on Saturday called on the United States to ease restrictions on non-American banks doing business with the Islamic Republic, saying it would help reassure Iranians over last year’s nuclear deal. “Iran will definitely put pressure on the United States to pave the way for the cooperation of non-American banks with Iran,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a press conference with visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. “The other party, particularly the United States, is required to implement its commitments in banking cooperation,” he said, referring to the historic agreement, which lifted sanctions on Iran in return...
  • [April 6, 2016] BERLIN POLICE CRACK DOWN ON FAR-RIGHT HATE POSTINGS

    04/15/2016 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 6, 2016 | AP
    <p>BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin police say they've raided 10 residences in the German capital in a crackdown against far-right hate speech on social media.</p>